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Fighting the internet's worst scum isn't an easy job, but someone has to step up and do it

The open nature of the internet is its greatest strength, as it brings together people from around the globe and allows for the relatively cheap transfer of ideas, values and technology. However, the open nature of the internet is often subject to abuse by criminals who use it for criminal acts such as child sexual exploitation, organized crime and terrorism.

In an era where criminals are increasingly turning to the internet for victims, the police began to ramp up their efforts to hunt criminals in the virtual world.  Interpol recently arrested an internet child predator based on high-tech digital imaging techniques, and the FBI has implemented an advanced internet driven bulletin board to help it catch crooks.

Now a group of elite cyber cops is upping its efforts to stomp out crime around the globe.  The group, which calls itself the Strategic Alliance Cyber Crime Working Group met this month in London to formulate plans to best fight crime on the digital frontier.  The unit is composed of high caliber agents from the FBI and law enforcement agencies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.  The group, founded in 2006, seeks to squelch cyber crime by sharing intelligence information, tools, best practices, and lobbying to strengthen and synchronize international cyber laws. 

One of the groups current accomplishments is the development of a comprehensive analysis of new and emerging threats as well as the state of current cybercrime on the internet.  The group has also had success in helping protect against leaks of vital records over p2p networks.  It also has developed an organized curriculum to help train future crime fighters.

The group certainly has a tough fight ahead.  A recent report by the Government Accountability Office states that the U.S.'s computer-driven critical infrastructure is severely vulnerable to attacks from terrorists or countries such as China, which is known to employ large armies of freelance hackers, in addition to its army's cyber unit.

One difficulty the unit faces is that cybercrime often goes unrecognized and unreported.  While it is known that many lawbreakers have turned to the internet as a source of illegal revenue, the exact scope of their actions is often unknown.  By sharing tools and training, the group hopes to reduce this problem and raise awareness.

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If they did anything it might help....
By Zaranthos on 3/21/2008 4:30:49 PM , Rating: 2
"One difficulty the unit faces is that cybercrime often goes unrecognized and unreported."

I've been reporting spam to for a year now. Much of it is illegal scams and fraud. What have they done? Nothing as far as I can tell. I keep getting more spam, not less.

RE: If they did anything it might help....
By SlyNine on 3/21/2008 6:55:16 PM , Rating: 5
They're not interested in scams that screw unsuspecting consumers out of every thing they own. They want too go after the real criminals. You know all the 15yo's downloading Eminem and 20some yo's downloading and sharing movies that rob these helpless innocent studios out of their rightfully earned billions of dollars that they might have made if every single person that DLed a song bought it instead witch is actually very unlikely(breaths). These are the real threats to society after all...

By wjobs55 on 3/22/2008 12:17:01 AM , Rating: 2
AMEN. Couldn't have said any better myself.

RE: If they did anything it might help....
By JustTom on 3/22/08, Rating: 0
RE: If they did anything it might help....
By Ryanman on 3/23/2008 2:27:51 AM , Rating: 3
oh our bad. These Isolated cases clearly prove that everyone is focusing way more on spammers. My apologies, good sir.

/me backs out of room.

By JustTom on 3/23/2008 10:09:51 AM , Rating: 2
Perhaps it doesn't but it does show someone is interested in spammers. Most legal action against file sharers, opposed to those sites which facilitate file sharing, has been civil in nature and not criminal. The perception that governments and in this case a supranational body are chasing down 15 year old file sharers is silly and paranoid.
Google spammer convictions one day when you have lots of time, people have been arrested, people have gone to jail, and people have been fined large sums of money.

"We are going to continue to work with them to make sure they understand the reality of the Internet.  A lot of these people don't have Ph.Ds, and they don't have a degree in computer science." -- RIM co-CEO Michael Lazaridis

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